Hussain and Struggle for the Justice
The epic story of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad re-told
by a Christian theologian Dr. Chris Hewer
About the Author
With a background in Christian theology, Islamic studies, education, and interfaith dialogue, the author of Hussain and the Struggle for Justice has for many years engaged with Muslims in the United Kingdom and around the world.
a leading figure in Christian–Muslim relations in his home country since 1986, Dr. Chris Hewer first worked at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian–Muslim relations in Birmingham and then from 1999 to 2005 as the adviser on inter-faith relations to the Bishop of Birmingham. from 2006 to 2010, Dr. Hewer was the St Ethelburga fellow in Christian–Muslim relations in London, connecting with a wide audience through the provision of adult popular education courses, study days, and public talks. He is currently involved in teaching, producing resource material, and writing.
in the name of god, the compassionate, Merciful imam Hussain is an important figure in the history of Islam who has had a positive impact on Muslims over many centuries. The tragic martyrdom of the imam has always been a strong source of inspiration for Muslims wherever they faced tyranny and oppression. it is one of the reasons, for example, why devout Muslims invoke blessings of peace upon Hussain on every mention of his name. The annual commemoration of the selfless sacrifice of Imam Hussain
has spurred many Muslims to explore the wisdom of their faith and to live a life that accords with the noble tenets of Islam. it is important, therefore, to try to understand what Imam Hussain did throughout his life to maintain a true understanding of the faith established by his grandfather, the Prophet Muhammad. A point came in the life of Imam Hussain where he found himself unable to obey the political ruler of his day, Yazid b. Mu’awiya was an unjust and profligate person who openly flouted the teachings of Islam and the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad. While Yazid presented himself as the caliph of the Islamic nation, his careless and immoral lifestyle was considered by
many to make him unfit for leadership. It was Yazid who held power over the Islamic territories at the time of the Battle of Karbala in which Imam Hussain and seventy-two of his companions were brutally killed with the accompanying women and children taken captive. Many Muslim scholars have attempted to answer ‘what’, ‘how’, and ‘why’ questions pertaining to the life of Imam Hussain. non-Muslims have also over the centuries endeavoured to discover the meaning of Imam Hussain’s life and death. Nevertheless, there remains a shortage of insightful perspectives written in English on the beacon of humanity that is Imam Hussain. To address this issue the contemporary
Thoughts Press cooperated with Dr. Chris Hewer to write a book about Imam Hussain. Dr. Hewer has extensive experience engaging with Muslims and has shown great interest in Imam Hussain’s intellectual and moral heritage. I hope that the current book will help readers to appreciate Imam Hussain and to become better acquainted with not just his deeds and actions but also his spirit.
H.I.W.M. Seyed Hashem Moosavi
Director of the Contemporary Thoughts Press